By Kevin Shannahan
Over four hundred new Northwestern State University students from all over Louisiana and several other states received their first taste of college life at NSU’s Freshman Connection Thursday and Friday. This session is one of four to be held on the Natchitoches campus along with one in Leesville and one in Shreveport. The freshmen got their schedules, dorm rooms and met with financial aid counselors in addition to campus tours and an introduction to student life groups. It was not all work however. After a full day of activities Thursday, the 30 NSU students who serve as Freshman Connectors met at the Iberville Commons with their groups for some fun and games. They had been divided into teams led by Freshman Connectors since their arrival that morning and it was time to see who the best competitors were. The color themed teams battled in a tug of war and relay races. The games concluded as five thousand ping-pong balls were dropped on the crowd by an airplane. The teams then raced to collect the most amount of ping-pong balls. It was a fun and informative introduction to their future college life and success at Northwestern State University.